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Biting back: Can Chelsea go unbeaten in Premier League?

Arsenal were Invincible once under Arsene Wenger and his nemesis Jose Mourinho, despite playing it down, would love to match that feat.

Arsenal were Invincible once under Arsene Wenger and his nemesis Jose Mourinho, despite playing it down, would love to match that feat.

Fourteen games in and having already navigated potentially dangerous terrain at Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, the Blues are well on their way. 

Looking at their remaining 24 league fixtures, I reckon eight could spell trouble, starting at unpredictable Newcastle tomorrow.

Get through that and then at Christmas, much like Santa delivering all those presents, they will be severely tested.

Chelsea visit Stoke on December 22, a Monday night sure to be freezing cold with home fans raising the roof to keep warm, before finishing the year at Southampton on December 28 and starting the new one on January 1 at Spurs. Three tricky festive fixtures.

An even bigger examination is scheduled for January 31 when champions City travel to the Bridge.

Pass it and more challenges will come in April, at home to United and away seven days later to a fired-up Wenger and Arsenal protecting their record.

In between Chelsea are likely to be involved in the second leg of a Champions League quarter-final, making those games that bit tougher.

Negotiate that and they'll have one last hurdle to jump against another of Mourinho's fiercest rivals, Liverpool, due in London on May 9 - neatly sandwiched in between Champions League semi-final home and away legs.

Chelsea staying unbeaten? With all the above, I can't see it. On the upside for Mourinho though, his team will still win the title.

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